Truffle: a chocolate treat made of ganache that is generally rolled in cocoa, enrobed in chocolate, decorated with nuts or a variety of other coatings. See truffle; not truffle!
Sarah and I decided about a month ago to embark upon a truffle-making mission for Valentine's Day.... This was my first foray into the vast world of candy making and I learned 2 things. 1) It is possible to use a meat thermometer instead of a candy thermometer to make adequate truffles and 2) the time and great care that it takes to make truffles is vastly disproportionate to the amount of time it takes to eat them.
We made an assortment: chopped almonds, mexican vanilla, curry, chili powder and cocoa.* Note: if you want to make truffles for Valentine's Day and said holiday falls on a Thursday-- don't make the truffles on Sunday. They don't stand a chance :)